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Old 02-04-2011, 05:19 PM   #1
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Hi. First time with saltwater. Don't want to jump into coral just yet. But I am setting up a ten gallon dwarf seahorse tank. I've been doing a lot of reading and learned I need a heater, filter , hydrometer (I think that's what it's called), the salt for the aquarium, live sand, dead rock (i don't want any hitchhikers!) , and what else? I've had freshwater tanks for a long time. Any type of protein I need to put in the tank before I add the dwarves? Thanks so much guys.
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Old 02-04-2011, 06:10 PM   #2
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you need a refractometer, not a hydrometer. you will need to cycle the tank which takes about a month or so, or you will be flushing those horses down the toilet very soon. the cycle will involve an ammonia source. people seem to like to use a raw shrimp from the supermarket.
you will also need some fake sea fans/gorgonians for the horses to hold on to.
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How exactly do you cycle it?
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you just turn the powerheads and filters on and let the water sit. the live rock will eventually re-liven up and do its job with biological filtration as well as your filter cartrages will begin to establish its own biological filtration and bacteria growth
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